Linda Sickler believed in ghosts.
She was also constantly armed with a big smile, a warm disposition and a love for what she did, whether in the newsroom or as one of downtown Savannah's beloved trolley tour "ghost hosts."
Sickler, a longtime journalist for the Savannah Morning News, passed away Dec. 21, 2018, at the age of 66 at her residence in Savannah. She was born April 25, 1952, in Du Quoin, Ill. She is survived by her husband Charlie; daughter Tobi Sickler Brock; son Jeremy Sickler; and two grandsons.
Sickler called Savannah home for 18 years, pulling double duty as the arts and entertainment features writer for Savannah Morning News and Do Savannah and an actress and tour guide for Old Town Trolley Tours in her later years.
She co-authored “Historic Haunts of Savannah” with Michael Harris in 2014, which took a new look at old Savannah ghost stories. At one point, she was the coordinator for West Chatham Neighbor, a weekly publication of the Savannah Morning News. Prior to working for the Morning News, she was a news editor for Connect Savannah. She also worked for the Southern Illinoisan newspaper.
Sickler loved to tell stories and conduct interviews. She favored interviews with comedians, but also noted B.B. King as one of her all-time favorite interviews. When Do Savannah was formed, Sickler was the first features writer for the weekly magazine, and spent a number of years turning out multiple feature stories each week. Sickler retired from the Morning News in March 2018.
“I like all aspects of my work,” Sickler said in an Employee of the Month announcement. “I really do love it.”
The Savannah Morning News newsroom sends its deepest condolences to Sickler’s family and friends. She will be missed.